Field Notes

Recipe - Fajitas (3Ways)

Recipe - Fajitas (3Ways)

Here are three super easy, super quick, relatively painless, and somewhat unique ways to make fajitas with your skirt, hanger, flank, or sirloin steaks!

For all - 2 lbs skirt, flank or sirloin

Michael Smith
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Cuts of Pork

Cuts of Pork

At Lake Joy Farmstead we take great care of our pigs.  Our “pastured pork” is free to graze all day, every day and we supplement their grazing with 100% organic, non-GMO, Washington based pig feed.

When you select your portion, from 1/8 to whole, we work closely with the butcher to cut your animal to meet your family’s needs. We estimate the

Michael Smith
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Recipe - Hamburger Steak

Recipe - Hamburger Steak

People ask us all the time "what else can I make with all of this delicious ground beef?"  I mean, we LOVE cheeseburgers and spaghetti sauce but how about mixing it up?  

We do just that and it has become a regular on rotation at the Smith house.

Michael Smith
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Cuts of Beef

Cuts of Beef

At Lake Joy Farmstead we take great care of our cow.  Our cows are 100% grass-fed and grass finished. We use the very best haylage and alfalfa from throughout Washington state.

When you select your portion, from 1/8 to whole, we work closely with the butcher to cut your animal to meet your family’s needs. We estimate the

Michael Smith
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Big Table Fundraiser

Big Table Fundraiser

We were super excited to be a part of Big Table's fundraiser "serving those who serve us" restaurant and hospitality non profit!  Take a look!

Michael Smith
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Pickling - The Basics

Pickling - The Basics

Pickling can be daunting. Our goal is take the fear out of it, so YOU TOO can pickle!

Following is a comprehensive pickling recipe that is good for cucumbers, carrots, asparagus, beans, peppers and so much more. It is written assuming you will have your family or friends

Michael Smith
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We Bought a Farm

We Bought a Farm

Dreams do come true.

I mean I believe(d) it but if I am being honest, doubted a few times over the years on dreams in general and this one in particular, buying a "farm" or a "home in the country," or homestead, or ranch, whichever you prefer.

Michael Smith
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Guess what? We got pigs!

Guess what? We got pigs!

A little farm life update. We got pigs!

We decided to get them for a couple of reasons. Food, of course (since we rarely follow 100% kosher except our salt). We have adopted the idea of each animal having to serve a purpose. Food is a good one. We also want to make sure we are using our land fully and completely. An attempt at being a little more biodynamic.

Michael Smith
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The Martinez

The Martinez

This little known cocktail has been making Gin lovers happy since well over a 100 years. Thought to be introduced about 20 years after the Civil War in the beautiful state of California, the Martinez is a niche beverage that combines some of the 
Michael Smith
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Old Fashioned

Old Fashioned

The Old Fashioned is one of those cocktails that dates back well over 100 years...pre-prohibition. I would guess that this great cocktail helped get the law that enacted Prohibition passed. It is THAT GOOD.
Michael Smith
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Whiskey Sour

Whiskey Sour

I had made the Whiskey Sours only a few times and always loved them but felt that they were a little too much work honestly. I had remembered that I needed a bunch of egg yolks for something (probably a carbonara) and kept the whites frozen for
Michael Smith
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The Boulevardier

The Boulevardier

The challenge is actually pretty simple. I DEFINITELY prefer whiskey to all other spirits but there is something about the Negroni that I love. Perhaps its the bitterness. Perhaps its the intensity. Perhaps its simply the gin.
Michael Smith
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